BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Aug 21, 2013) - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB,NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced todaythat itssubsidiary Delhaize America, LLC ("Delhaize America" or the"Issuer") isextending the expiration date of its previously announced consentsolicitation(the "Consent Solicitation") with respect to proposed amendments("ProposedAmendments") to the indentures (the "Indentures") governing theIssuer's$70,697,000 outstanding 8.05% Notes due 2027 (CUSIP No.344775AC5) and$271,406,000 outstanding 9.00% Debentures due 2031 (CUSIP Nos.246688AF2 and246688AB1) (collectively, the "Securities"), upon the terms and subjectto theconditions set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement datedAugust12, 2013 (the "Consent Solicitation Statement").
The Consent Solicitation, which was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00p.m.,New York City time, on August 20, 2013, will be extended to 5:00 p.m., NewYorkCity time, on August 23, 2013, unless further extended or terminated byDelhaizeAmerica. All other terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation,as setforth in the Consent Solicitation Statement, remain the same.Delhaize America is soliciting consents from holders of record of theSecurities("Holders") as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 9, 2013 (suchdateand time, the "Record Date"). The purpose of the Proposed Amendments is toamendcertain provisions in the Delhaize America Indentures to align themwith thecorresponding provisions of the indentures under which Delhaize Group(DelhaizeAmerica's ultimate parent company) has issued its debt securities.
BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as the Solicitation Agent for theconsentsolicitation. D.F. King & Co., Inc., is acting as the InformationAgent andTabulation Agent. Questions concerning the terms of this solicitationshould bedirected to BofA Merrill Lynch at (888) 292-0070 (U.S. Toll-Free) or(980)683-3215 (Collect). Requests for assistance in completing the consentform orrequests for additional copies of the Consent Solicitation Statementshould bedirected to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (800) 967-7635 (U.S. Toll-Free) or(212)269-5550 (Collect)or by email at Delhaize@dfking.com.
This announcement is for information purposes only and is neither anoffer tosell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any Securities or anyothersecurities. This announcement is also not a solicitation of consentswithrespect to the Proposed Amendments or any securities. Thesolicitation ofconsents is not being made in any jurisdiction in which, or to orfrom anyperson to or from whom, it is unlawful to make such solicitationunderapplicable U.S. state or non-U.S. securities or "blue sky" laws.
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in tencountrieson three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2013, DelhaizeGroup'ssales network consisted of 3 455 stores. In 2012, Delhaize Group postedEUR21.0billion ($27.0 billion) in revenues and EUR104 million ($134 million)in netprofit (Group share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employedapproximately158 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE EuronextBrussels(DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
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